Our Mission

Mission Statement

The mission of the NJVN is to help New Jersey Veterans and their families enjoy a sustainable quality of life by creating a network of Community Veteran Liaisons (“CVL”) whose role is to identify veterans, and connect them with resources & solutions designed to meet the unique set of veteran needs.


Identify and appoint a volunteer at the county level to be the single point of contact (CVL) to assist veterans in connecting with resources and programs (“Network”) in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, housing and employment. CVLs in this way will in a sense ensure there is “no wrong door” for veterans in need and in turn help veterans and their families achieve a sustainable quality of life post-military service.

Role of the Community Veterans Liaison

Each CVL should be assertive in seeking to identify veterans in their local community using a variety of methods that include but aren’t limited to a county-wide veteran meeting or event designed to draw veterans. This event should include elected officials, leaders from local veteran groups, first responders, educators, social groups, service providers (behavioral health, wellness), churches and other faith-based organizations.

Area veterans can be identified in many instances through tax office records, Veterans Service Organizations such as the VFW & American Legion, recruiters, and elected officials. Note: CVLs need to check policies regarding disclosure of veteran status by/from government agencies and/or records. Best practice: Update the list at least bi-annually.

Best Practice


Veteran rosters/lists should be designed to allow easy communication via email or telephone. The list should include name, telephone number, email address, veteran status (disabled/non-disabled, veteran preference) and home address.

Host a few meetings a year and stay in contact with local veterans and leaders from the New Jersey Veterans Network

The Network

Each county is different and may have more or fewer resources, or in some cases unique resources, then do other communities. Communities and CVLs should identify resources and in some cases, may need to evaluate the efficacy of that resource and/or a program.

Best Practice


Subject matter experts, resources and others that may add value to the local community network should be identified as a first order of business by a CVL. Proactively reach out and collaborate with the community members, businesses and local vendors.

SAMPLE Veteran organizations, clubs and groups

VFW- Veterans of Foreign War

American Legion

Disabled American Veterans

Vietnam Veterans of America

Marine Corps League

Jewish War Veterans

Team Red White and Blue

Operation Rebound Racing Team

Marine Corps League

Paralyzed Veterans of America

RWB Racing Team

Backpacks For Life

Knights of Columbus



Catholic Charities

Welcome Home Vets

Kyle Palmieri Foundation

MA Deuce Deuce

Rebuilding Warriors


Best Practices:


Meet with these groups and have their members also assist you with the network. Check your nearby towns to see if they have these organizations or other similar veteran groups. Remember each county may have a veteran officer in place whose role may complement or fill the gap in services. Don’t let perfect get in the way of good. Do the best possible with existing assets/services/programs to help assure veterans know your community is there for them. Feel free to contact your area veteran officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs official(s) for assistance

SAMPLE Veteran Mental Health and Substance Abuse providers

Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health First Responder Treatment Services

NJ Dept of Health

Head Strong Project

VA Mental Health Treatment Centers

Rutgers PTSD Support Group


(Vet to Vet peer assistance)


Welcome Home Vets

Hope for VETS

Vets for Warriors



SAMPLE Housing services/providers

Veterans Haven

Veterans Affair Hospital

Community Hope Veteran Program

Welcome Home Vets of New Jersey

Operation Chill Out

GI Go Fund

Solider On

Semper FI Fund


SAMPLE Employment services

County Veteran Officer

Veteran Affairs

State of NJ Dept of Labor: NJ Career connections

Stars and Stripes Veteran Job Center

Veteran Recruitment Center

Hire Heroes

We Hire Heroes USA

Career One Stop Veteran and Military Transition Center

Free Resume For Veterans Plus

GI Go Fund

Local business and companies

NJ Veterans Business Outreach Center

Military Hire

FDU Vets Launching Program

Operation College Promise

Us Small Business Administration